at The Garde Arts Center in New London
About Our Nutcracker
One of the best presents you can give this December will not fit in any box, stocking or gift bag: Eastern Connecticut Ballet’s full-scale production of “The Nutcracker.” The classic ballet will deliver more than 100 dancers, 35 musicians, two tons of sets requiring 18 stage crew members, thousands of swirling snowflakes, and a dream-like voyage around the world.
The curtain rises on Saturday, Dec. 9 at 1:30 and 7 p.m.; and Sunday, Dec. 10 at 1:30 p.m. at the Garde Arts Center in New London.
Audiences have been flocking to see “The Nutcracker” and to hear the sublime music of Tchaikovsky since 1892, when the ballet premiered in St. Petersburg, Russia. In ECB’s performance, the traditions of the past blend with the talent of today.
Sara Mearns and Jared Angle, Principals, New York City Ballet
“The great American ballerina of our time,” Sara Mearns of the New York City Ballet and NYCB principal dancer Jared Angle will share the spotlight with talented guest artists and 100 professionally trained young dancers from Eastern Connecticut Ballet.
Few know the world’s most popular ballet as well as ECB artistic director Gloria Govrin. She has performed in or directed “The Nutcracker” every year since she was 14, many of those as a soloist with NYCB under the direction of George Balanchine. A legendary ballet master and founder of NYCB, Balanchine made “The Nutcracker” an American tradition, and the ECB performance captures his spirit in every step.
“The Nutcracker” brings unforgettable characters to the stage: the heroine Clara and her brave Nutcracker, the mysterious Uncle Drosselmeyer, tiny mice, The Snow King and Snow Queen, sailors and toy soldiers, waltzing flowers, dancing snowflakes and much more. From her pointe shoes to tiara, Sara Mearns is every inch the Sugarplum Fairy, ready to cast a spell on audiences.
Regional productions of “The Nutcracker” seldom have full orchestral accompaniment, but ECB is one of the fortunate few. Musicians from Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra will perform Tchaikovsky’s brilliant score. The work requires a musical instrument that is seldom heard today: a celeste, named for its celestial or “heavenly” sound.
To share the magic of “The Nutcracker” with friends and family, visit tickets.gardearts.org or call the Garde Box Office at 860-444-7373, Extension 1. A discount of 50% off regular ticket prices is offered to active military personnel and their families for the Saturday evening performance only. Contact the Box Office for details on this special offer.
Please visit our Gallery for additional photos and video links.
Saturday Night Salute to the Military
A discount of 50% off regular ticket prices is offered to active military personnel and their families for the Saturday evening performance only. Contact the Box Office for details on this special offer.
Group, Senior & Regular Military Rates
Special Group Rates are available for groups of 15-49 people. Also, discounted tickets are offered to seniors age 65 and older.
Girl Scout Rates
Special discount tickets are offered to girl scout leaders and girl scouts attending as a troop. Please contact us for details.